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- (now rare) Opposing; offering resistance (to).
- 1819 July 15, [Lord Byron], Don Juan, London: […] Thomas Davison, […], OCLC 560103767, canto II, stanza 108:
- There, breathless, with his digging nails he clung / Fast to the sand, lest the returning wave, / From whose reluctant roar his life he wrung, / Should suck him back to her insatiate grave [...].
- 2008, Kern Alexander et al., The World Trade Organization and Trade in Services, page 222:
- They are reluctant to the inclusion of a necessity test, especially of a horizontal nature, and emphasize, instead, the importance of procedural disciplines [...].
- Not wanting to take some action; unwilling.
- She was reluctant to lend him the money
- Surprisingly, our new dog is a reluctant ball-retriever.
- (regular expressions) Tending to match as little text as possible.
- Antonym: greedy
not wanting to take some action
- reluctant in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- reluctant in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
- reluctant at OneLook Dictionary Search